May 30, 2016

Labor’s transport plan for Queanbeyan/Palerang growth

Labor will undertake the proper transport planning needed to make sure that the growing Queanbeyan/Palerang region has the transport infrastructure it needs.

This comprehensive transport solution package will address existing and future growth pressures in the region, and undertake the necessary design, engineering and earthworks planning for a series of road and public transport initiatives.

Labor sees the strategic potential for the regional economy in opening up the Port of Eden and the Canberra International Airport to commercial freight operations. To make the most of this opportunity, we must invest in critical planning work on inland infrastructure. That’s why our announcement today is so important.

A Shorten Labor Government, would work with Mike Kelly and ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, on a broader regional economic strategy, including eliminating the impediments created by the ACT-NSW border. Given the importance of cross-border issues in the region, the Federal Government has a specific role to play in encouraging the expansion of local network infrastructure like roads and rail.

Labor’s approach to urban development covers regional cities, not just capital cities. Labor includes Canberra-Queanbeyan as one of the twenty cities addressed by its cities policy.

Our transport solution package announced today comprises:

  • $2 million towards the Queanbeyan Town Centre Queens Bridge Dip Upgrade to address flooding issues. We call on the NSW Government to match this funding, so the road can be raised.
  • $2 million commitment to fund the necessary studies for the duplication of Pialligo Road from Canberra Airport to Queanbeyan.
  • $2 million to convene a cross-border conference to deliver local public transport solutions exploring the options for establishing commuter passenger trains from NSW to Canberra, including a component for feasibility studies.
  • $600,000 to complete studies into the construction of Dunns Creek Road providing 16,000 residents in the newly settled Googong Development with direct access to the Monaro Highway.

Labor is the only party that has a clear plan to grow our cities and regions, and to boost jobs through nation-building.